Imagine 100 people holding their breath together as Prospero whispers “be free” and Ariel  bounds away in joy, leaping into a beautiful green field, setting off an explosion of red-wing blackbirds.

Now imagine that there are 30 young people sitting in the audience, enraptured as they see the artists who eat with them in the lamella dining hall, who pass them in the halls and in in the fields, work their magic and inspire them.

Imagine a group of young people here on a sunny snowy February afternoon, digging their way into a snow bank to create a snow shelter while learning all about the joys of winter camping and the essentials for survival.

Imagine that same shelter later filled by dancers from across the province and around the world, lit and warmed by candles and their breath as they marvel at the beauty of a Ross Creek winter.

Imagine an artist going into a classroom and empowering students to think of their own struggles with mental illness as something that deserves support and help, and not stigma.

Imagine a place full of joy, creativity and acceptance. A place where people of all ages and stages of life and creativity can be themselves and become better versions of themselves through creative empowerment and the arts they take in here.

Thats what Ross Creek and Two Planks provide, with your help. 

In 2016, people from across Canada and around the world came to Ross Creek to experience and be inspired by a unique marriage of art, education, performance.  On any given day during the summer, artists, students, staff, and teachers broke bread together and shared their skills and artistry with audiences and families, affecting thousands of people.

Volunteers from down the road and around the world built us new beehives and gardens.  Students were enriched and their lives enhanced by our camps and school programs.

We are so privileged to work here and connect with this incredible community day in and day out.

Ross Creek is a destination and an experience like no other.  We are proud to work all year on making the arts a vital and vibrant part of the lives of people in our community, made possible only through your generosity and participation and we look forward to a great new year together.

Ross Creek is a destination and an experience like no other. We are proud to work all year on making the arts a vital and vibrant part of the lives of people in our community, made possible only through your generosity and participation and we look forward to a great new year together.

So the big news is that 2016 is a big anniversary here. It is the tenth anniversary of the Ross Creek Centre`s official opening, the tenth season of Theatre off the Grid, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre. We are in the middle of planning our special events and collecting stories from those years, and hope that you will be a major part of making this year great.

Just some of our 2016 programming included: a new season of the award-winning Theatre off the Grid with Liberation Days at 6 pm and The Mary Celeste around the fire, and some of the best arts instruction in North America for children and teens. Our outreach programs are again in full swing, combatting stigma against those with mental illness, running anti-bullying programs, and using whole-family approaches to skill development in impoverished children. We have a new board of directors which is working steadfastly to engage the community on a new level and to help take the organization into the next 25 years as a stronger and sustainable resource for the whole community.

As part of that goal of strength and stability, we are asking for you to consider donating this year before the end of the year, if you can. Every dollar donated helps and goes back into the community through programming and art.

We have included a form, you can call, donate securely online at www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/two-planks-and-a-passion-theatre-ross-creek-centre-for-the-arts/, and now you can e-transfer to accounts@artscentre.ca (cheapest and most immediate).

Your tax-deductible donation helps change the lives of many who are able to reach their potential through programming at Ross Creek. If you are not in a position to donate, but have time or expertise, we can always use a hand!

Thank you for making the magic happen, and for including us in your community. We hope you will be a big part of our 2016 season, and beyond!

 

 

 

Ms. Chris O’Neill, Executive Director

You can hear a CBC Documentary about our history and development here. 

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